The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on an International
Convention against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings
met this week. The prospects of an international treaty are
difficult to predict, with competing proposals that ban only
reproductive cloning, ban both reproductive and research cloning,
and ban reproductive cloning while calling for the strong regulation
of research cloning.
"U.S. Plans New Anti-Cloning Push at U.N."
Germany Seeks to "Regulate" Therapeutic Cloning, Not
to Ban It
A bill in the New Zealand parliament was strongly criticized
by GE Free New Zealand, a political advocacy organization, for
legalizing human inheritable genetic modification. Richard Hayes,
Executive Director for CGS, stated, "It is true that the
HART bill provides that proposals to initiate IGM research or
trials be approved by advisory bodies. But that is the problem.
No other government, worldwide, has explicitly authorized an
advisory committee to approve IGM. Elsewhere, when IGM has been
considered and debated, it has simply been banned, in much the
same way that slavery or child prostitution has been banned.
There are no reasonable arguments in support of IGM that would
call for advisory committee review."
As described in the above Feature, the Parliament of Canada
is debating a comprehensive human assisted reproduction bill.
Its future is uncertain.
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A bill in South Africa that would regulate health care
would also ban reproductive cloning, while allowing research
cloning "in limited and regulated circumstances."
Presently, cloning is only implicitly banned in a 1983 law.